Update 19th Oct ’09: The Get Fit Challenge

October 19, 2009

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Hi there! I’m still waiting to hear from you regarding your fitness goals. There’s a whole lot of inspiration to be gained from a support group. So why not get in on it and grab some for yourself? It’s free! Often times, working alone can be discouraging. On the other hand, success rates are known to improve when we keep company with likeminded people. So let me sound out the invitation once again:

Join the Get Fit Challenge!

Decide on some steps you can take to improve your fitness level between now and December 31st this year. Set 2 or 3 goals from these and send them to me via email. When you do this you automatically join my Get Fit support group.

Benefits include:

(1)    Accountability (helping you keep your word to yourself),

(2)    Inspiration from other members,

(3)    Success tips via email,

(4)    One free email coaching session on your goals,

And more coming up!

How to join: Email me your goals. Find contact details here.

Hope to hear from you soon!

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My journey so far!

In my last post I listed my 3 new and 2 old fitness goals.

(See my goals here:  https://zestwithoma.wordpress.com/2009/10/05/the-get-fit-challenge/ )

I did quite well actually (she would say that, wouldn’t she!). Got my 30 minute walks daily, sometimes exceeding 30 minutes, halved my portion size, at least most of the time (“wink!” ) and had no sweets and chocolates. However, I didn’t do any indoor aerobics (groan!) and occasionally binged with the biscuits! Phew, confession done!

What did I learn?

(a) Reporting back to you kept me accountable. Even though I didn’t do well with some of my goals, the ones I did keep were partly due to this accountability. I couldn’t come back and tell you I failed all through, could I?!

(b)   To stay focused on my commitment, not my goal. To this end I’ll be doing things to raise my commitment in the next 2 weeks. Such as posting notes around the house reminding me to stay committed, also with inspiring quotes; scheduling my fitness activities on my calendar (they stayed in my head, where they got forgotten!), asking a friend to be my fitness buddy.

(c)    It’s not over just because you had a bad week, or two. You can start again, go back to the drawing board to re-plan your strategy, as I’ve done, find out what does work since you now know what doesn’t, and simply renew your commitment.

(d)   Writing greatly improves the success rate. I’ve taken the first step by posting my goals here. The next step I’ll take is to keep a fitness journal where I’ll log my daily goals, plans, successes and failures. I think I’ll also write down any inspirational quotes I can find. A journal can help you stay focused, keep your goals top of mind, encourage you on not-so-good days when you review your progress and help you keep track of what works for you and what doesn’t.

(e)   Playing the Lone Ranger won’t work for me here! In some areas of my life, lone ranger-ing works just fine, but certainly not when I’m trying to get back onto an exercise routine. So for now, all my aerobics will be done at the gym. Except for walking of course, which I love, and occasionally even do in my sleep!

I’d love to hear how you think I’ve done so far. What could I have done better? What works well for you? Do send in your tips.

That’s it for now folks! It’s your turn next. Email me your goals and access all the great benefits of a support group.

Wishing you health and wellness,

Oma


The Get Fit Challenge

October 5, 2009

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The Get Fit Challenge: (As announced in Issue 4 of CLR Inspire, http://www.aweber.com/1QZeg)

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There’s strength in numbers so if you’re looking to take your fitness up a notch why not join me in the Get Fit Challenge? We’re not the sort to wait for the New Year to make changes, and we are action oriented, right? The challenge takes off on October 1st and it involves taking up a form of exercise, setting weekly goals with it, and keeping these up till December 31st this year. Email me your fitness goals and challenges and I’ll set up an online group where we can encourage one another. Are you in? Email me now, before life gets in the way! 

 

 

**Please consult your medical care practitioner before embarking on new exercise programs or routines.

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Well people, the Get Fit Challenge has begun! In order to lead by example, let me share with you my fitness goals for this week, 4th – 10th October 2009! They involve exercise and healthy eating, and are:

(1) To walk briskly for at least 30 minutes every day, Monday to Friday.

(2) To get my 5 fruits and veg every day of the week. I just lur-r-r-r-ve fruit ‘n veg!

(I’m already doing fine with these two.)

(3) To do 30 minutes of an aerobic exercise, besides walking, on Mon, Wed and Fri. And of course do the warming up and cooling down!

(4) To reduce my food portion size by half, for every meal I eat this week.

(5) Not to eat any sweets or chocolates, and only have 4 biscuits in any one day! Grrr!

 

Phew! Now that I’ve announced this to the world I have really committed myself! I spoke with a coach a while ago and she asked how far I was committed, on a scale of 0-10, to these goals.

(0 = Not committed. Won’t do it! 10 = Totally committed. Done deal!)

For the exercise goals I quipped, “100%, all for it!” For the food goals, I moaned, groaned and proffered a 50%!  “Good!” said Coach, “We can get moving with a 50% commitment. Now, what can we do to raise the commitment higher?” That was a no-brainer for me. Just thinking of how I’d look in a few months if I didn’t do something about it, was motivating enough! Not to  mention the fact that I was now feeling out of synch – cool and slick on the inside but elephantine on the outside!  So Coach got me to commit to my commitment, rather than my desired destination. Because I can do something about my commitment, right now. It’s within reach. But my goal is still afar off, presently outside my immediate sphere of influence. It’s comforting to know that there is some impact you can begin to make immediately!

A light bulb came on, and has stayed on ever since! I am now focusing on keeping up my commitment, one day at a time. And it’s working. I am now 100% committed to the food goals as well as the exercise ones. With 100% commitment I can just get up and go, no matter the weather. And my body just “gets with the programme.” It’s quite wet outside today but I’ll be doing my aerobics inside. And the school run will give me 30 minutes of brisk walking. Oh yes, we’re a Fit for Life family! We walk everywhere that’s within walking distance.

I hope this inspires you to set some fitness goals and work them this week. I’ll be back next week to tell you how it went. And hopefully some of you will get brave enough to share your goals and experiences too! Till then, stay focused on your commitment. It’s easier than looking to your desired destination.   Ciao!